AQUACULTURE STANDARDS AND CERTIFICATION BODIES HELP SOUTHEAST ASIA’S AQUACULTURE INDUSTRY TO BECOME MORE SUSTAINABLE

As Southeast Asia’s aquaculture industry moves to greater production and extra-regional exports, they face an issue of critical importance. USSEC’s Southeast Asia Aquaculture Program has identified that there are still many in the aquaculture industry that are either unaware of or not paying attention to the international movement by buyers to purchase only certified product. Buyer pressure helped put standards and certifications into place to ensure seafood safety after several international issues with potentially unsafe aquaculture products such as antibiotic residues in seafood. However, the standards are also fostering an environment where responsible production and sustainability issues are becoming more important, which will move Southeast Asia’s aquaculture industry in general from short-term production approaches to long-term ones. This fits very well with the USSEC ideal for promotion of a profitable and sustainable feed-based aquaculture industry that plans for the long term….(http://kticradio.com)